Rather than bring up the Pittsburgh International Airport, we thought it would be more beneficial to mention a lesser know, but still great flying option The Alleghany County Airport. This is still the fifth busiest airport in Pennsylvania next to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Harrisburg; however, travelers for business and even having short term flight say from New York or Boston might find this to be a great option sometimes for price, and even speed for getting out of the airport. It is owned by the Allegheny County Airport Authority and is an FAA designated reliever airport. It was built in 1931, and at the time was the third largest airport in the country, which a lot has changed since then. It is very popular for business travelers because it is closer to downtown Pittsburgh in the populated South Hills area. It handles small time corporate planes as well, but it was not meant to handle commercial airliners. They did recently receive a two-million-dollar grant from the federal stimulus bill for future improvements and construction. They money will mostly be used on taxi ways. The main terminal was built on an old steel mill also referred to as the slag dump, and the airport can still accommodate up to a DC-9. So basically if you are in and out of Pittsburgh a lot for business reasons, or you just travel a lot it is worth looking into using this smaller, but closer to town airport. It offers a chance to get in and out faster, and also gives you a chance to have other options. Either way flying in and out of Pittsburgh is much less of a hassle than some other bigger cites, but still smaller is more convenient often times when traveling by airplane rather than by vehicle.
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